Second one is someone fined £330 for stealing a 75p Mars Bar because they were hungry with their benefits stopped. In all reality, this means that she will go to jail as this money can't be deferred with non-payment resulting in jail time, if she can't afford a 75p chocolate then she's not going to afford £330p. She admitted the theft, what's wrong with the police giving a caution? Surely this shows a huge lack of empathy on the part of the police, the CPS for pursuing it to court and the magistrate for not giving a straight absolute or conditional discharge rather than fine.
My wife has signed up to a freebie course run jointly by the Open University and Dundee University on Forensic Science. She sent me the link and I'm actually quite impressed at all of the freebie courses on offer there. They're not meant as detailed sessions but as free knowledge gaining exercises. There's something for everything on there from science to writing fiction to even military ethics (in the history section).